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Everyone using social media has seen these names and hashtags countless times:
They, and others, have been the subjects of international news, were the reasons for countless riots and marches, and led to the new, controversial political movement Black Lives Matter.
On Monday, news broke out of Oxon Hill, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC) about a tragic murder:
Maryland Teen Died Protecting His Mother, Say Charging Docs
The Maryland teen stabbed to death by his mother’s boyfriend died trying to protect his mother, charging documents state.
Keyshaun Mason, who had just started his freshman year at Potomac High School, died Monday morning after he was attacked inside his own home.
Police said Sean Crawford, 48, stabbed Mason and his 18-year-old brother inside the home they shared on the 600 block of Audrey Lane in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Crawford is the live-in boyfriend of the teens’ mother, police said.
According to the charging documents, the victims tried to help their mother after she got into an argument with Crawford. At some point during the argument, Crawford allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and barricaded himself and the mother inside a bedroom.
Mason and his brother forced their way into the bedroom and tried to ask Crawford to leave their home. Crawford then stabbed Mason in his chest and the other victim in the shoulder, police said.
When I first read about this story on Tuesday morning, it made me very sad. Sad for the tragic loss of such a brave, young life. Sad that his mother had to watch him get killed. Sad that yet another innocent kid had to put up with the poor choices of a parent. Sad for his many classmates, who will greatly miss their friend.
After reading about Keyshaun, I tweeted this:
It was really nice that the Twitter account for Potomac High School, where he attended, retweeted me, and I hoped that his friends and family saw how I felt about this tragedy. All day, I had trouble getting this story out of my head. Later in the afternoon, I tweeted this:
Right after I sent that tweet, curious about how many people were tweeting with the hashtag #KeyshaunMason, I searched Twitter. There were five tweets by three people, including me.
I have never said a single good word about the Black Lives Matter movement. They are hardcore leftist radicals, who are decidedly anti-police. Their leaders praise and advocate for cop killers like Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. They align themselves with pro-Palestinian activists, which as a Jew offends and concerns me. I think they are a dangerous movement.
I must admit, however, that the one thing they do well is bringing a story to a national, at times international, level. Black Lives Matter is a media darling, and the MSM is more than happy to help them advance a story and its agenda. They can make the name of a single person trend worldwide in hours, and for days or weeks on end.
So it must be asked, if Black Lives Matter, why isn’t #KeyshaunMason trending across the country? Hell, it isn’t even trending here in Washington, DC. As we speak, #GetWellSoonLiam and #Ayotzinapa are both trending. I have no idea what either of those are even about. If anything, the name of a 14-year-old hero who died protecting his mother should be known far and wide, but it’s not.
I have long contended that Black Lives Matter serves only to demonize police nationwide. They pick stories and promote topics and hashtags that add to their anti-cop narrative. Keyshaun Mason certainly does not do that, and I don’t think it’s much of a prediction that Black Lives Matter won’t be marching, rioting, or demanding justice for Keyshaun Mason.
People in the Black Lives Matter movement get very offended when people say that all lives matter. I really don’t care. All lives do matter, including that of Keyshaun Mason’s. May his brave soul rest in peace.
P.S. In the time it took me to write this post (about an hour), there were no more additional tweets with the hashtag #KeyshaunMason.